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Skinflint: A Country Christmas Carol (1979)

On Christmas Eve, an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, Jacob Marley. The deceased partner was in his lifetime as mean and miserly as Scrooge ... See full summary »

Director:

Marc Daniels

Writers:

Charles Dickens (story "A Christmas Carol"), Mel Mandel (book)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hoyt Axton ... Cyrus Flint
Lynn Anderson ... Laura Pritchet
Larry Gatlin ... Roger
Julie Gregg ... Joan
Tom T. Hall Tom T. Hall ... Ghost of Jacob Burley
Barbara Mandrell ... Emmy
Martha Raye ... Ghost of Christmas Past
The Statler Brothers The Statler Brothers ... The Flint City Four
Mel Tillis ... Dennis Pritchett
Dottie West ... Annabelle Williams
Steven Lutz Steven Lutz ... T.J.
Byron Webster ... Mr. Abbey
Carol Swarbrick Carol Swarbrick ... Mrs. Abbey
Jean Howell Jean Howell ... Sarah
Dave Madden ... Stanley Gershen
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On Christmas Eve, an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, Jacob Marley. The deceased partner was in his lifetime as mean and miserly as Scrooge is now and he warns him to change his ways or face the consequences in the afterlife. Scrooge dismisses the apparition but the first of the three ghosts, the Ghost of Christmas Past, visits as promised. Scrooge sees those events in his past life, both happy and sad, that forged his character. The second spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Present, shows him how many currently celebrate Christmas. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come shows him how he will be remembered once he is gone. To his delight, the spirits complete their visits in one night giving him the opportunity to mend his ways.

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Genres:

Family | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1979 (USA) See more »

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Color
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Unintentionally Hilarious
25 August 2012 | by donquixote235See all my reviews

It seems as though every genre has adapted Charles Dickens' classic tale A Christmas Carol to its own tastes, and 1970's country music is no exception.

This movie contains some of the worst dialog I've ever heard. Here's a prime example:

Dennis Pritchett (Bob Cratchett): "Well, ole Skinflint (Scrooge) can go jump in a lake!"

T.J. (Tiny Tim): (despondently) "I sure do wish that I could jump in a lake..." (in his best mopey "aw shucks" voice)

If you happen to find this on some channel or other as you approach the holidays, it's worth having as background noise while you do other things. Otherwise it's a waste of your time.


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